RUWANKA PURASINGHE | PRESIDENT-ELECT

Ruwanka Purasinghe is a Civil Engineer for the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, where he currently works in the Project Management Office of the Water Engineering & Technical Services Division. Ruwanka is heavily involved with ASCE, serviing as a former President of the LA Younger Member Forum, member on ASCE's Committee on America's Infrastructure, and ASCE's Engineering Policy Committee. Outside of ASCE and work, Ruwanka founded and is CEO of a 501c3 non-profit he created called Kicks 4 Kids, and a big brother mentor for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles. For Ruwanka's efforts in the engineering and LA community, Ruwanka has been featured on NBC Learn and Time for Kids.

LINDA LUU | TREASURER

Linda is a Project Engineer within the Transportation/Public Works group at Psomas in DTLA with a focus on roadway projects. She has also worked on site development projects for private clients, including design and permitting. Linda graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a Bachelor of Science degree. A classmate of hers introduced her to ASCE and she's been hooked since, serving on and holding various LA YMF positions prior to joining MLAB. During her free time, she enjoys spontaneous weekend trips, exploring mountain roads, hiking, camping, and cooking.

PAUL LEE | AWARDS CHAIR 

Paul’s work at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power consists of planning and procuring large scale renewable energy projects to meet LA’s goal of 100% clean energy by 2045. Paul graduated from UCLA with his B.S. in 2015 and obtained his M.S. in Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley with a focus on Energy and Climate in 2016. He’s currently obtaining is Masters in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. He is passionate about sustainable infrastructure and is involved with several initiatives with the ASCE.

CLARIS RIVERA | STUDENT ACTIVITIES CHAIR

Claris is a Civil Engineering Associate at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. She graduated from CSUN with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. As a freshman, she first became involved with ASCE through the student competitions and eventually branched out to other aspects of ASCE by becoming Concrete Canoe Aesthetics Lead, Secretary, and President during her four years at CSUN. Claris is a major foodie and loves going to Disneyland.

CHRIS SHEPPARD | PRESIDENT

Christopher Sheppard is a Senior Civil Engineer working in the Environmental Programs Division of Los Angeles County Public Works. He provides technical support, insight and direction for Solid Waste Management policies and programs for Los Angeles County. He received his Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from Syracuse University as well as a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Cal State Northridge. He enjoys hiking, camping and generally being outdoors as well as volunteering with activies for his two children.

LEILA KHALKHALI | K-12 OUTREACH CO-CHAIR

Leila is a Transportation Engineer at California Department of Transportation (Caltrans District 7) working on traffic operations and roadway designs. She also has a geotechnical background with several consulting firms, having worked on residental, commercial and large infrastructures geotechnical projects. She graduated from Michigan State University with her Masters Degree of Civil Engineering. Besides ASCE, she enjoys travelling, and playing sports.

KEVIN WOODS | HISTORIAN

Kevin is a principal civil engineering assistant working on traffic operations and electrical maintenance at the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works’ Operational Services Division. He also has a water background at the County, having worked on stormwater quality and water utility design projects. He graduated from UC Irvine with both his Masters and Bachelors Degree of Civil Engineering. Besides ASCE, he enjoys working with his alma mater’s engineering alumni society, and enjoying going out whether it’s playing sports, socializing, or camping.

MARCELINO ASCENCIO | GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS CHAIR

Marcelino works with the Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering.

JIM DALY | MEMBERSHIP CHAIR

Jim Daly works with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works.

DAVID TRAN | PUBLIC INFORMATION CHAIR

David Tran works with the Port of Long Beach.

FRANCISCO ARAGON | PAST-PRESIDENT

Francisco is a Deputy Chief Harbor Engineer with the Port of Long Beach. He oversees large-scale capital improvement programs for the Construction Management Division, including building, rail and terminal development. He received his Civil Engineering Degree from Cal State LA, and has held various roles in ASCE at the Student, Younger Member and Branch level. He enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with family.  

CHRIS BOSWELL | VICE PRESIDENT 

Chris Boswell works at Sherwood Design Engineers providing key support on a variety of project types . His passion for nature, sustainability and simple solutions to complex problems drew him to Sherwood where he is able to bring a holistic approach and provide a sustainable and resilient design. He received his BA in Business Management Economics from UC Santa Cruz and his BA and MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley. As a former president of SF YMF and a transplant to LA he learned the power of the ASCE network finding a community where ever he goes. Chris enjoys hiking, camping, volunteering, and pretty much anything where he can get his hands dirty.

DANA ROBERTSON | SECRETARY 

Dana Robertson is an Associate Civil Engineer at Los Angeles County Public Works where he does structural design work. He graduated with both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Cal Poly Pomona. He has previous work experience in stormwater planning, road maintenance, and traffic design. One of his favorite hobbies is to read nonfiction books for personal development and is always interested in meeting new people. He enjoys setting new goals to challenge himself, whether it be learning to surf or studying a second language.

SAM POTTS | NEWSLETTER CHAIR

Sam is an Associate Engineer in the Transportation Engineering group at MNS Engineers. He works on a variety of projects from sidewalks to storm drains to HOV lanes. Sam graduated from California State University, Northridge where he first joined ASCE during his freshman year. Outside of ASCE, Sam enjoys volunteering as a music educator, biking, and spending time with friends.

BRIAN PHAN | YMF LIAISON

Brian Phan is a Transportation Engineering Associate for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation(LADOT). Brian has been involved in ASCE since he was a freshmen as a Steel Bridge competition member and as External Vice-President of his ASCE student chapter. Besides school and work, Brian volunteers as the engineering coach for the nationally ranked Muscatel Middle School Science Olympiad team. On his spare time, Brian likes travel, cook slow-smoked BBQ, snowboard, help out his community, karaoke, explore local cities for good eats, and relax with his friends. His dedication to ASCE and coaching has influenced him to serve as LA YMF President

MAYEN ALCANTARA | K-12 OUTREACH CO-CHAIR

Mayen works with LA Metro.

PAUL CHOY | HISTORIAN

Paul Choy work with Los Angeles County Department of Public Works.

JULIA MOYE | HIGH SCHOOL BRIDGE CONTEST

Julia Moye works with the Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering.

LORI IZAKELIAN | PROGRAMS CHAIR

Lori Izakelian works with the Port of Long Beach.

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